Welcome to Nova Scotia. We are Randy and Erika. Our love for the Annapolis Valley began with a visit twenty years ago and were struck by its authentic beauty and vibrant energy.
Our desire was to stay close to family and friends, while doing what we love most: creating wonderful stays for our guests. Wolfville was the place we wanted to be, and by good fortune, we acquired the elegant Tattingstone Inn.
We've owned the Inn for 6 years now, giving it our devoted care. While the Inn's story and traditional charm remain intact, it has expanded from 9 to 14 beautifully appointed rooms, and the Carriage House has been completely renovated.
Recently we added the covered veranda with its magnificent stone entrance and manicured gardens.
HISTORY OF THE INN
Originally known as Thompson House this Italianate-style home was built in 1874 as a farm house. It was home to an early Mayor of Wolfville, George Thompson, who served from 1897-1902. This registered historic landmark’s other most noted occupant was Leslie R. Fairn, an outstanding Canadian architect who designed many public buildings in Nova Scotia and Wolfville. He lived in the house for over 35 years. During that time, he supervised the construction of Acadia’s University Hall, as well as many other buildings in the community such as McConnell Dining Hall, and Eastern Kings Memorial Hospital. He kept his office and workshop in the Carriage House and raised his family in the Main House.
In 1987 the property was purchased by a known Halifax restaurateur, Betsy Harwood. After extensive renovations, the property was transformed into the elegant Inn it is now. The name Tattingstone was chosen in reference to a small village in England, where an ancestor from Betsy’s family tree had resided in the late fifteenth century.